FATP: Predicting the 6 Champions in WWE at the End of 2012

Sorry that this week’s FATP is a little later than usual. I’m covering the Olympics with my job, so I wasn’t quite on time this week. I’ll still post weekly, but the days might be a little mixed up until the Olympics are over. Thanks to everyone who tweeted me last week after my “State of the WWE address”. It’s the most interactive article I’ve done so far, so thanks for your support. It means a lot.

We’re half-way through the year already and here’s a list of the current champions in WWE:

Divas Champion: Layla

Tag-Team Champions: Kofi Kingston and R-Truth

Intercontinental Champion: The Miz

United States Champion: Santino Marella

World Heavyweight Champion: Sheamus

WWE Champion: CM Punk

Just for fun, I’m going to take a look at who I think the six champions will be by the end of the year.

Divas Champion: Beth Phoenix

Beth Phoenix is arguably the best female wrestler on the main WWE roster. As good as the other girls are becoming, like Layla, AJ, Eve and Alicia Fox, Beth is head and shoulders above them right now, closely followed by Natalya. If you’d asked me a few weeks ago who I thought the Divas Champion would be at the end of the year, without hesitation, I’d have said Kharma. However, with Kharma’s release confirmed and no confirmed debut for Sara Del Rey, I think that Beth Phoenix will be the Divas Champion at the end of 2012.

Tag-Team Champions: Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O’Neil)

Right now, WWE’s tag-team division is showing signs of a resurgence that we’ve not seen in years.

Kofi Kingston and R-Truth are the current champions, but I think that they’re only there to keep the belts warm until WWE gets behind a new team to build the divison around. In my opinion, that team is going to be the Prime Time Players, Darren Young and Titus O’Neil. They’ve had a lot of TV time lately and it seems like the WWE are going to get behind them as the future of the tag-team division.

There are a lot of other teams they can work with on the main roster, like the Kidd/Gabriel duo, Primo and Epico, Hunico and Camacho, as well as the new team from NXT, The Ascension. The Prime Time Players have got a great look and with Abraham Washington as their manager, they could achieve great things in the tag-team division.

United States Champion: Seth Rollins

If I was given the book by WWE management and asked to re-invent the mid-card, I’d put the belts on some of the talents that are going to be promoted from FCW to the main roster. The key thing is that, right now, you couldn’t put the belt on someone like Drew McIntyre or Jack Swagger because they’ve been buried so badly that they wouldn’t be taken seriously as the champion right now.

Seth Rollins is one of the top prospects in FCW and it’s speculated that he’ll be appearing on Raw or SmackDown within the next few months. Rollins previously competed in the indies as Tyler Black.

If you haven’t seen him work, then YouTube either Seth Rollins or Tyler Black and you’ll be able to see what this guy can do. WWE needs to get back to the days when mid-card titles actually meant something and by putting the belt on someone who can actually wrestle, they’ll send a statement of intent to the fans.

Intercontinental Champion: Dean Ambrose

Along with Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose is hotly tipped to make his debut on the main roster this summer. He’s been down in FCW for a couple of years now, despite the fact he’s probably been ready for a long time. Ambrose has an unorthodox style and he’s a great example of someone who’s a natural heel.

I’d suggest that everyone searches for his work on YouTube so you can see some of the tremendous matches he’s had in FCW. It’s unlikely that he’d be put straight into the main-event, but like I said about Seth Rollins, putting the traditional workhorse title on Ambrose would be a great move by WWE.

World Heavyweight Champion: Wade Barrett

Although he’s out injured right now, Wade Barrett is in line for a huge push when he makes his return. Barrett looks, walks and talks like a champion. While he might not be an amazing “technical” wrestler, having a smash-mouth style hasn’t held back others like Undertaker and, later on in his career, Steve Austin.

The thing that Barrett has in his favour is that he’s got that “superstar” look that WWE loves. If Vince thinks you look like a champion, you’ll get a push. I expect Wade Barrett to battle with Sheamus for the World Heavyweight Championship on SmackDown as 2012 comes to a close.

WWE Champion – CM Punk

I can’t see anyone else being WWE Champion at the end of 2012 than CM Punk. WWE have put a lot of faith in Punk by giving him this huge title reign, but if they want it to mean that little bit more, then they should go that extra mile and have him main-event PPVs. I’m not saying for a minute that I think that Punk will hold the title from now through to the end of the year. He will probably lose the belt at some point, before winning it back in time to face The Rock for the title at Royal Rumble.

So, just to recap my predictions, I think that the champions in WWE at the end of 2012 will be:

Divas Champion: Beth Phoenix

Tag-Team Champions: Prime-Time Players

United States Champion: Seth Rollins

Intercontinental Champion: Dean Ambrose

World Heavyweight Champion: Wade Barrett

WWE Champion: CM Punk

Some of you are probably saying “what about Dolph Ziggler, Cody Rhodes, John Cena” etc. As far Cena is concerned, he’ll probably win it at some point this year, but I don’t think he’ll be champion when 2012 ends. Although I’d love to see Cody Rhodes and Dolph Ziggler as champions by the end of the year, I don’t think it’ll happen. Not because they’re not good enough, but because I don’t think that WWE will want to put their titles on them heading into the busiest time of the year (from Royal Rumble through to Wrestlemania.)

Leave your opinions in the comments section below or get in touch with me on Twitter and let me know who you think the champions will be in WWE at the end of 2012. I’ll be back at some point in the next week with the latest edition of “From Across the Pond”, so until then, thanks for reading and have a great week.

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  • ssffltroy

    I think if they sign Velvet Sky she will be the Diva’s champion

  • DAdsd

    Beth is so overrated imo, lmao. Only because she doesnt look as Diva-ish. Having a strong look does not necessarily make you a better wrestler.

  • elmano

    The united states champion: they should give to a real wrestler not a joke wrestler. Cody Rhodes, Drew McIntyre, Jack Swagger or even tyson kid, I think Rhodes a wrestler who cant live without a title, so hell be the champion in the end of 2012.
    Intercontinental Champion: The Miz, the perfect man for the title, i prefare he doesnt lose it even in next WM.
    World Heavyweight Champion: if hes not Barret, the champion will be Mark henry.
    WWE Champion: CM Punk the only who can make the title alive in these months,